WXYZ-TV debuts new downtown Detroit studio

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A local broadcast station is marking the debut Thursday in a new studio in downtown Detroit.

The station starts broadcasting “7 Action News at Noon” from a new, glass-enclosed space inside the Qube building on Woodward Avenue near Campus Martius Park.

Carla Hall, from ABC’s “The Chew,” is expected to join local celebrities, community leaders and Ch. 7 personalities during the newscast anchored by JoAnne Purtan, according to the station’s website.

“We are thrilled to now have a bigger presence in the city and to be part of the resurgence of downtown Detroit,” Mike Murri, WXYZ’s station manager, said in a statement. “This studio allows us to create new connections with the people who live and work in the city, as well as those who are guiding the transformation of Detroit.”

The studio also will be used in daily news coverage, newscasts, special programs and interviews, station officials said.

WXYZ-TV first began broadcasting on Oct. 9, 1948, from studios at the Maccabees Building in Detroit’s Midtown area, according to the website.

The station leaders have said the main studios will remain in Southfield, where they have been since the late 1950s.